AVON LAKE, OH (WOIO) - The heroin epidemic in northeast Ohio is taking lives and destroying families. Some parents have tried to help their kids, but the power of drugs is too much. We spoke with one mother about her heartbreak and search for closure.
Jimmy was the son every mother hopes to have.
"Jimmy was a really good kid. He never mouthed me. You told him to do something, he did it. He was respectful," says Rebecca Deaton.
Jimmy, whose last name we are not using at his mother's request, excelled in school. He was artistic and was even a self taught bassist. He played in a high school band called, For Future Reference.
"Played at the Agora. He was very, very talented," added Deaton.
But around ninth grade something changed, and it changed fast.
"Defiant. Skipping school. Bad grades. Coming home, eyes dilated. There was a lot of signs that were going on," said Deaton.
Deaton says her son was never the same.